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Poster: JayColodesch Date: Mar 11, 2008 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: another best shows thread, sorry

This is not meant to bash the lovers of 60's Dead, 80's Dead, or 90's Dead(?), and I got on the bus in the 60's. But I and many others have got stuck in the 70's. I know there are many fragmented posts about best shows of a certain year, as well as best years in a decade. Not sure if this has been asked/offered but... BEST 5 SHOWS OF EACH YEAR OF THE 70'S. I know 75 won't work and only 1/2 of 76, but I'll throw out my top 5 of these years. You??...

70--2/11&13, 6/24, 9/19&20
71--4/28&29, 8/6, 11/7, 12/5
72--5/11, 8/27, 9/16, 9/28, 10/18
73--5/26, 6/22, 11/11, 11/17, 12/2
74--2/24, 5/21, 6/26, 8/6, 10/19
75--all of what's there
76--6/9, 6/14, 6/29 heck love June, possible best month ever
77--5/8&9, 6/9, 10/2, 10/29, 12/29
78--1/22, 7/7&8, 10/21, 12/31
79--10/27, 11/1, 11/9, 11/25, 12/26

I know there are a lot of 70's lovin' heads who speak out on this forum. Where are you??

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2008 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Okay, here are mine (may change tomorrow, and many are "runs"):

68: 1-20/23-68; 6-14-68; 8-22/24-68; 10-12/13-68; 12-7-68; 12-29-68

69: 2-28/2-69; 4-4/6-69; 4-20/22-69; 11-7/8-69

70: 6-7-70; 9-17/20-70

71: 2-18/20-71; 4-26/30-71; 7-2-71; 8-5/6-71; 11-7-71

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 12, 2008 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

To answer the general question, I'll just give my top 5 from these 70's years, leaving out the years I don't listen to as much:

1972: 8/27/72, 9/21/72, 9/26/72, 9/27/72, 9/28/72.

1973: 6/22/73, 11/11/73, 12/2/73, 12/18/73, 12/19/73

1977: (The best year ;-) 4/23/77, 5/8/77, 6/9/77, 12/29/77, and 10/29/77 (best show ever ;-)

1978: 4/8/78, 4/12/78, 4/16/78, 4/24/78, 7/8/78

1979: 1/10/79, 10/25/79, 10/27/79 10/31/79, 12/1/79.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2008 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Hey G--are any of those from Winterland? I don't know the period well enough, but the dates seem to include a number I was fortunate enough to attend...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 13, 2008 2:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Hey Tell....

6/9/77 (best H>S>F ever) and 12/29/77 (DP #10) are Winterland shows. Both incredible, and if you attended either, I'm mega-jealous! ;-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2008 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Damn, then let the envy roll...defn was at the June show, and for Dec, went two diff nights, and that was one, but can't recall the other...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 13, 2008 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

That whole run to end the year at Winterland '77 was phenomenal. You couldn't go wrong.

You do realize being there for 6/9/77 means you saw one THE greatest Dead shows of all time, don't you?

I just have serious '77 envy. I was a bit too young & missed that boat. My first show was 1/11/79.

When I listen to recordings of those '77 shows I just try to imagine what it must have been like BEING THERE b/c the energy and strength of the performances is like a lightning bolt. Actually being in that crowd for those shows? Man...what a ride.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2008 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Funny, as anal retentive as I can be about the shows now, I didn't keep notes or commit them to memory back then...had friends that wrote down the set lists, kept the ticket stubs, etc., but somehow didn't take that approach myself. As the years passed, I hate to tell you since you would love to hear more, the shows I REALLY recall were the three I went to in 75 (Mar, Jun, Sept)...Each was in a different setting, and they stick out more than the Winterland shows (dozen or so) or the Oak Aud (half dozen)shows after that...probably run together more because it was the same place over and over.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 13, 2008 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

I never did the set list thing either...but I can recall the overall feel and some standout songs from the best of the 70 or shows I saw over the years...the best shows seemed to be in the same places, too....Nassau, MSG, and Hampton, VA. (I was an East coast show-goer, while it seems you saw the lion's share of shows on the left coast)

One thing I wish I had done, though, was write down all the dates/venues for shows I went to so I could have a complete list....I have instead an "estimated" idea (sorry) of how many/where and when.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2008 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Oh yeah, that is me to a T. Exactly the same.

What I do recall about the late 70s shows is the "impression" made by the introduction of songs that had a sonic intensity of immense proportions at the time...eg, I Need a Miracle was one that really left us stunned in terms of its strength when we first heard it...Franklin/HotWay/FotMtn along with a few others similarly were lasting impressions. Cfingers and PegO were two that stuck with me as well. Esp loved PegO from Jun, 75...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 13, 2008 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

I remember hearing early versions of Shakedown live, and having only known the tepid studio version, was blown away by its funkiness and intensity live. I also have a vivid memory of seeing a huge banner at a Nassau show being walked around the perimeter that read "Disco Dead"...not sure if that was meant to be a compliment or criticism about Shakedown but the song fas became a fan fave.

Other songs that blew my doors out consistently live were Jack Straw, Other One, and Scarlet>Fire.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2008 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Yep--I have always been somewhat of a critic of SDStreet, albumwise, BUT seeing the songs of that period live, it was amazing what intensity Phil and the drummers could bring to it! It was not unlike what I "hear" in the shows of 68 that I love so dearly, but in a totally new spirit of course. Many of those songs live could pack much more of a punch than you'd expect from the studio version.

Hey, is this the record thread exchange for a 68 and 77 pair of fans? If we can do it, perhaps there is hope for the Middle East afterall.

Good day to you Grendel!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 11, 2008 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

I'm not sure why this phenomenal show doesnt get the recognition it deserves. First of all, the Hamilton family SBD just might be the crispiest and best mixed file on this entire site.

This jazzzy show smokes from start to finish. Every song is smartly played, and tight and fused interplay emerges in virtually every track. Weir in particular is playing very well.

The ultra-jazzzed out China/Rider segue, WRS and DS are truly amazing. Many versions from this night are rather unique, particularly the the jazzzy Eyes which is as hot as any they have played!

This is easily one of the best shows of 1973...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-18.sbd.hamilton.12214.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Mar 11, 2008 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

i don't know. i don't really look at shows in terms of what is best for that year, let alone a top 5. i just know my favorite years are: 68, 69, 70,72, 73, 77, 79, 81, 85, 89. seems anything is gold when your a dumb, forgiving head like me.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Mar 11, 2008 9:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

jerry coulda pissed on me and i'd have felt honored.

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 12, 2008 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Yes, I saw your review yesterday and turned it on.

I agree. Really sweet 73 setlist and great sound.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 12, 2008 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

Huge crazy big time props to Cliff for the recommendation of 12/18/73.

I just got done with this show and it is as good as (Cliff) advertised.

About as perfect a first set as you can imagine. Crisp, clean, tight, well-played, great vox from jerry...check out the BEW for a good example.

Very jazzy EYES, a typically spacey/jazzy/out there '73 Dark Star....grand show very much overshadowed by the DP selected from the next night.

SBD sounds great, too.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 13, 2008 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another best shows thread, sorry

1970--02-13, 09-19, 05-02, 02-14, 09-20
1971--04-29, 08-06, 02-18, 11-07, 04-28
1972--08-27, 05-11, 09-28, 11-19, 05-26
1973--11-11, 04-02, 03-31, 05-26, 12-02
1974--05-19, 06-18, 07-19, 09-18, 10-18
1975--08-13, 09-28, 06-17
1976--06-11, 07-18, 12-31, 06-29, 06-12
1977--02-26, 05-08, 06-09, 09-03, 10-29
1978--12-31, 10-21, 07-08, 10-17, 11-24
1979--12-01, 12-28, 05-09, 02-17, 12-26

always subject to change--in keeping with 5 shows per year, the following are shows I felt bad about leaving off, 06-10-1973, 10-02-1977, 04-24-1978, 12-05-1979, 05-15-1970, 02-11-1970, 09-27-1972, 03-24-1973, 11-17-1973, 11-14-1973, 02-15-1973, 05-09-1977, 07-07-1978, 11-25-1979, 06-16-1973, 06-28-1974, 09-10-1974, etc.